Monday, January 4, 2016
Jack by Liesl Shurtliff
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: April 2015
Hardcover: 304 pages
FTC FYI: Received a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jack has always been told that giants are not real. But if that’s the case, how do you explain the huge, foot shaped pond in the yard, or the occurrence of strange and sudden storms in which the earth quakes and dirt rains from the sky? When his father is carried away in such a storm, Jack gives chase in the only logical way: by trading the family cow for some magic beans that will give him access to a land beyond the clouds. He arrives to find that the giants themselves have giant-sized troubles. With the help of an overachieving little sister, a magic goose and a chatty cook (who is not interested in grinding human bones into bread, thank you very much!) Jack sets out to save his dad and save the day.
Another enjoyable and delightful book by Liesl. I (as you know) love middle grade fiction and I especially love a fantasy re-telling. As much as I enjoyed RUMP, I liked JACK even more. Every turn of the page brought new challenges for Jack. His Papa is taken away by Giants and he is determined to find him. I loved the events that took place, and to top it all off, there are cameos of characters from RUMP. I really enjoyed the mixing of the two books, that was a really fun twist. King Barf is still awful in this book, but I had a greater appreciation for Queen Opal. I thought Jack was handling things well as on his own, but I really loved it when a special someone comes up the beanstalk too. I really liked Jack's character, but I loved Annabella, what a fun surprise she was, especially with how she interacted with those in the Above. The whole book is full of fun twists and surprises. Great characters, with humor and heart.
5 out of 5 stars!
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